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February-2015 Newsletter – New York State Community Action Association

New York State Community Action Association

NYSCAA Newsletter - February 2015

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CEO Corner

Message from Karla Digirolamo, NYSCAA CEO - See newsletter for Karla’s summary of NYSCAA’s first Virtual Legislative Advocacy Day.

Policy Update

NYSCAA's Virtual Legislative Day - On Wednesday, February 25th the New York State Community Action network embarked on a new policy strategy. As a network, we made our voices heard through phone calls, e-mails and in-person visits during our first Virtual Legislative Day.  We have already received positive feedback from those who participated virtually and with in-person visits.  The main focus of the day was introducing Community Action to our legislators with one voice, united…We should no longer be the best kept secret in town. We want to be sure that the community and policy makers at every level know what Community Action is and the valuable role we play in enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers – see newsletter for packet of NYSCAA’s material provided to legislators.


9th Annual Symposium on Poverty & Economic Security will be held on April 1 & 2 in Albany, NY – registration now open.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Jim Withers of Operation Safety Net, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Policy Director for the Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institute.  There will also be panel discussions on transportation, mental health and education – more info.

NYSCAA 2015 Community Action AwardsNominations are open – Leadership Award, Personal Achievement Award, The Service Award, The Community Action Vision and Values Award and The Innovation Award.

Free IT Webinars: Basic Access, March 3 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and Merging with Microsoft Word, March 12 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM.

NYSCAA's IT Help Desk is open every Tuesday from 1 PM to 5 PM and every Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Tools and Trends - Recent additions to Tools and Trends include the Fiscal Policy Institute's "blue book" analyzing the NYS budget proposal for 2015-2016, using clear language and excellent graphics.

Member News

On February 4, 2015, CEO (formerly the Commission on Economic Opportunity) marked its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of a new brand.  The agency's new tag line is Changing Lives, Improving Our Community…"The rebrand is NOT about casting aside all of the rich history and a legacy built by the hands - and hearts - of those who came before us, it is about honoring and embracing everything we have become and looking forward to the next 50 years."

The New York State Department of State recently announced that ACCORD Corporation will receive $100,000 through the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council's discretionary funding allocation.  This funding will be used to provide workforce development and supportive services to fifty unemployed and/or under employed individuals with income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.  The goals of the new ASSET program include improving employment skills, promoting self-sufficiency, and building assets to create improved quality of life…

Dan Maskin, CEO of Opportunities for Otsego, was recently appointed to the Prevent Child Abuse New York Board of Directors.  Prevent Child Abuse New York is the state chapter of the national organization Prevent Child Abuse America, a leader in the movement to stop child abuse and neglect.  On March 5, 2015, Opportunities for Otsego will be honored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce with the Quality of Life Award for the work the agency does in the communities of Otsego County.

Other News

Save the Date - Head Start will hold their annual training and professional development conference on May 11 - 12, 2015 in Albany, NY.

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